Pied­mont Academy earns SAIS ac­cred­i­ta­tion

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Pied­mont Academy is now an ac­cred­ited mem­ber of SAIS and Ad­vanced Ed. To earn ac­cred­i­ta­tion from SAIS, Pied­mont Academy com­plied with qual­ity stan­dards, was eval­u­ated by an out­side group of peer pro­fes­sion­als, and im­ple­mented a school plan fo­cused on strate­gic im­prove­ment and stu­dent per­for­mance in ac­cor­dance with the school’s mis­sion which is, Pied­mont Academy ed­u­cates, en­cour­ages and de­vel­ops stu­dents in a safe, Chris­tian en­vi­ron­ment where fac­ulty and staff part­ner with fam­i­lies to guide stu­dents into op­por­tu­ni­ties that build char­ac­ter and pre­pare them for success.

A team rep­re­sent­ing SAIS con­ducted an on­site visit in Septem­ber to re­view this school’s self­s­tudy and stan­dards com­pli­ance and its ad­her­ence to its mis­sion. The team was com­prised of di­verse ed­u­ca­tional lead­ers from some of the finest in­sti­tu­tions in the South­east. The vis­it­ing team sought the an­swers to crit­i­cal ques­tions the school asked of it­self.

SAIS ac­cred­ited mem­ber schools are part of an in­ter­na­tional net­work of ac­cred­ited schools that have demon­strated success in ed­u­cat­ing chil­dren. As such, SAIS ac­cred­i­ta­tion is rec­og­nized through­out the world as a sym­bol of qual­ity in ed­u­ca­tion for stu­dents and teach­ers.

In to­day’s world of accountability in ed­u­ca­tion, ac­cred­i­ta­tion serves as a crit­i­cal com­po­nent of a school’s demon­strated ef­fec­tive­ness and abil­ity to pro­vide suc­cess­ful school­ing for chil­dren. A school that is able to achieve ac­cred­i­ta­tion demon­strates a com­mit­ment to a process that re­quires the school to meet a set of rig­or­ous stan­dards; to en­gage in a pro­gram of con­tin­u­ous school im­prove­ment; and to demon­strate qual­ity as­sur­ance to its stake­hold­ers through self-eval­u­a­tion and peer-re­view.

SAIS ac­cred­i­ta­tion pro­vides schools ac­cess to an in­te­grated net­work of ser­vices and tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance that sup­ports ev­ery school’s abil­ity to iden­tify and meet its goals for im­prov­ing the teach­ing and learn­ing process and mis­sion-fo­cused out­comes for stu­dents.

SAIS be­gan its or­ga­ni­za­tional life in 1903 as the Mid-South As­so­ci­a­tion of In­de­pen­dent Schools. In 1953, an­other or­ga­ni­za­tion be­gan as the South­ern As­so­ci­a­tion of In­de­pen­dent Schools, pro­vid­ing a fo­rum for in­de­pen­dent school ad­min­is­tra­tors to work with pub­lic schools through SACS and to con­trib­ute to the larger in­ter­est in ac­cred­i­ta­tion in the South­east.

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